Understanding the Social World of the New Testament
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Description: The New Testament is a book of great significance in Western culture yet is often inaccessible to students because the modern world differs so significantly from the ancient Mediterranean one in which it was written. It is imperative to develop a cross-cultural understanding of the values of the ancient Mediterranean society from which the New Testament arose in order to fully appreciate the documents and the communities that they represent.Dietmar Neufeld and Richard E. DeMaris bring together anthropologists and social scientists to develop interpretative models for understanding such values as collectivism, kinship, memory, ethnicity, and honour, and to demonstrate how to apply these models to the New Testament texts. Kinship is illuminated by analysis of the Holy Family as well as to early Christian organisations; gender through a study of Paulâ€™s view of women; and landscape and spatiality through a discussion of Jesus of Nazareth. This book is the ideal companion to study of the New Testament.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 11/25/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|List of Contributors|
|Collectivism in Mediterranean Culture|
|Kinship and Family in the New Testament World|
|Constructions of Gender in the Roman Imperial World|
|Memory Theory: Cultural and Cognitive Approaches to the Gospel Tradition|
|Ethnicity and Paul's Letter to the Romans|
|Landscape and Spatiallty: Placing Jesus|
|Interaction and Social Engagement|
|Honor: Core Value in the Biblical World|
|Altered States of Consciousness: Visions, Spirit Possession, Sky Journeys|
|Jesus's Healing Activity: Political Acts?|
|Social Stratification and Patronage in Ancient Mediterranean Societies|
|Brokerage: Jesus as Social Entrepreneur|
|Urban Structure and Patronage: Christ Followers in Corinth|
|Ancient Economy and the New Testament|
|Purity, Dirt, Anomalies, and Abominations|
|Ritual and Christian Origins|
|Index of Ancient Sources|
|Index of Modern Authors|
|Index of Subjects|